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Anton Diaz

#Philippines, Boracay Island

The New Boracay—What’s in & What’s out?

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We love the new Boracay!

At one time we thought Boracay was hopeless, but, thanks to the government’s will, it was able to remove all the unsustainable activities and fix the sewage treatment plant compliance after the 6-month closure of the island.

People focus too much on what’s out, but I’m so excited about what’s in…

Boracay SeriesBORACAY FOOD: 10 Best Restaurants in Boracay! (2018)

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#Restaurants, Food

Naked Foodie: Have Yourself a Merry Naked Christmas!

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The holidays are here, and it’s that time of the year again when you would always look for the best foodie gifts or the best food to bring to potluck celebrations.

We finally had a taste of Christian Mark Jacobs’ Naked Patisserie that specializes on bespoke cakes for celebrity weddings and celebrations and signature luxe gift sets.  Christian is known as the Naked Foodie in his food and travel vlog and the partner of celebrity fashion designer Francis Libiran.

Why the Naked branding? They believe in being true and transparent and in using only the best natural ingredients to create good food.

Here are some suggestions on how to have Merry Naked Celebrations according to the Naked Foodie…

NAKED PATISSERIE by Christian Mark Jacobs
Telephone: +63 945 468-5141
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @nakedpatisserie
Facebook: Naked Patisserie
Website: www.nakedpatisserie.com

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#Restaurants

HELM: Chef Josh Boutwood at the Helm of Manila’s Best Degustation Experience!

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Chef Josh Boutwood’s Helm offers one of the best degustation experiences that’s certainly not to be missed in Manila. After the successful opening of Test Kitchen and Savage, Helm’s 10-seater theatre dining experience is his best one yet.

It’s like Chef Josh’s culinary playground where he unleashes his creativity after managing Bistro Group’s culinary empire. At Helm, he is in charge, and it’s awesome to see the chef having fun and to have a taste of it with every plate.

 

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Ingredients. What I like about Chef Josh’s Culinary Philosophy is that he pays attention to the ingredients first, especially the local ones but not limited to these. All the ingredients used during the degustation are displayed and you can ask what’s the story behind each and every one of them.

Technique. After the ingredients, he would think about the best culinary technique—from using sous vide, Excalibur dehydrator, liquid nitrogen or using the Big Green Egg to unleash the flavors and the best textures.

Experience. With Helm’s live theatre dining experience, everyone has a front-row seat from which to watch the handsome chef create culinary magic and be hypnotized by his British accent. You don’t get full after the 14-course degustation because they don’t use carbs (except the bread), yet your mind, palate and heart are all satisfied.

 

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Take note, you have to buy a ticket to dine here with two seating options. The Degustation Menu concept changes every quarter.

The blog feature below is a spoiler, so best not to read it.

HELM by Chef Josh Boutwood
G/F The Plaza, Arya Residences, Mckinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City
(Just below Savage also in Arya Residences)
Facebook: helmmnl
Telephone: +63 906 234 1900
Websitehttps://www.joshboutwood.com.ph/

Buy your tickets P3,500 for 6.00pm or 8.30pm seating.

Chef Josh Boutwood Related Blog Posts:
 THE TEST KITCHEN By Chef Josh Boutwood! @thebistrogroup (Photo Essay)
• Going SAVAGE! (Created by Chef Josh Boutwood)
HELM: Chef Josh Boutwood at the Helm of Manila’s Best Degustation Experience!

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#Restaurants

A Raging Bull Holiday Celebration! @ShangriLaFort

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Christmas is for celebrations and our go-to place for steak parties in BGC is Raging Bull at the Shangri-La at the Fort.

We tried their special Christmas Day menu as we celebrate and give thanks to our friends from Shangri-La.

 

RAGING BULL CHOPHOUSE & BAR
Level 3 Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Facebook: Dining at Shangri-La at the Fort
Twitter: @ShangrilaFort
Instagram: @dineshangrilafort
Telephone: +632 820-0888

Related Post: RAGING BULL: Best Steakhouse & Bar in BGC? (Preview) @ShangrilaFort

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Blogging

Announcing… Content Creator Masterclass by Anton Diaz (Join Now!)

Dear Our Awesome Planet friends,

Awesome greetings to you all!

First of all, don’t miss our Free Content Creator Online Workshop available now until December 12. Check out these lessons:

Learn How to Become an Effective (and Profitable) Content Creator in 2019 and Beyond

Lesson #1: How to Guarantee Viewability of Branded Content
(Insightful Talk by Anton Diaz during Social Media Week Manila)

Lesson #2: How Our Awesome Planet Earns as a Content Creator
(A Video Case Study, Part of How to Become a Professional Blogger Program by Anton Diaz)

Lesson #3: Freelancer’s Ultimate Guide to the Content Creator Business
(Content Creator Paypal Workshop led by Anton Diaz)

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#Restaurants

The Peak by Grand Hyatt: A Sneak Peek of the Highest Restaurant in Manila!

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The Peak is a multi-level bar, music lounge and grill roof deck restaurant in Grand Hyatt in Manila.  The concept is inspired by Penthouse Living with different homey rooms, set against the Manila Skyline backdrop, to discover.

This is the landmark restaurant Manila is waiting for, ushering us to 2019 and beyond. Here’s a sneak peek of The Peak…

THE PEAK
60th-62nd Floor, Grand Hyatt Manila, 8th Avenue corner 35th Street,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +632 838 1234
Operating Hours: Dinner (6:00 -10:00 PM)
(Note: Kids are allowed at the grill but are not allowed at the bar.)
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @grandhyattmanilaph
FacebookGrand Hyatt Manila PH
Website: www.hyatt.com/grand-hyatt-manila/

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#Restaurants

Causeway Seafood: Why I Love Chinese Birthday Lauriats! (A Review)

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I love Chinese lauriat celebrations! I think this is a beautiful Chinese family tradition where everyone shares a communal feast on a roundtable with everybody wearing red to bring good luck to the celebrant.

We don’t have it in my Filipino family and I married my wife so that we can eat Chinese lauriats every time there is a birthday celebration.

My wife’s family often celebrates at Causeway because everyone enjoys the food— good variety and good value for money.

Here’s what we love about the Chinese lauriat at Causeway…

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Blogging

Social Media Week Manila: Finding our missing human links in the digital age (Don’t Miss this!)

Social Media used to be a very different place. For an instance, back in 2009, people simply used Facebook to communicate with friends, reconnect with estranged grade school buddies, or to keep in touch with a grandma who lives overseas.

But with Facebook’s present landscape of 2.23 Billion active users, social media has truly evolved into something more. It’s no longer just a tool for simple communication, it has become a powerhouse for influencing businesses, reaching audiences, and cool marketing tactics.

Social Media’s continuous growth open lots of opportunities more than we can keep up with. Luckily, a pool of passionate people thought of putting together a conference that can further the discussion on social media, technology, and digital marketing.

Hence, the birth of Social Media Week.

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#Travel, Czech Republic

AVALON Danube River Cruise: Is it Worth It? (Budapest to Prague)

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It was awesome to experience my first river cruise along the Danube River in Eastern Europe with an awesome group of top travel agents from Manila. It’s like staying in a floating hotel, cruising from one town to another while having a lazy champagne breakfast or just chilling on the sundeck or in the comforts of your stateroom.

It’s a lot better than going on an Ocean Cruise because it can dock directly beside the city and you just literally walk into town. The experience is all-inclusive—walking tours from a local guide and eat-and-drink-all-you-can breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Here are the details of the actual Danube River Cruise that we took. There were changes in our itinerary because of the low river level due to a long drought during the European summer season. We had to go by land from Budapest to Vienna and board a different Avalon ship, missing Nuremberg, Germany.

THE BLUE DANUBE DISCOVERY
Deluxe 7-night cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds.

Cruise details:
13 days – Budapest to Prague (Cruise Code WBN)
Avalon Passion (Dept # 1024)
Start Budapest – October 24 – November 5

Cruise fee:
Land/Cruise – $3,809
Cruise Only – $2,799
Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.
+ Tip to Cruise Director & Crew (~ $300)
Port Charges $168

All Departures are guaranteed.

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Here’s a complete guide to the Avalon Danube River Cruise experience with all the awesome highlights for you to decide: Is it Worth it?

BARON TRAVEL CORPORATION
3rd Floor, PCCI Corporate Center 118 L.P. Leviste Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines
Telephone: +632 817 4926
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.barontravel.ph

AVALON WATERWAYS
5301 South Federal Circle Littleton, CO 80123
Your Dreams Come True with the Most Epic Views.
A River Cruise product from the Globus Family
Facebook: Avalon Waterways
Instagram: @avalonwaterways
Websitehttps://www.avalonwaterways.com/

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#Restaurants

Nespresso Freestyle Moments by Bruce Ricketts (Photo Essay)

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We feel honored to have witnessed the culinary evolution of Bruce Ricketts and we always look forward to tasting his passion on the plate.

Looking back at my archives, I realized we’ve covered almost all of our foodie moments with Bruce’s culinary creations like fanboys. We met him during his Food Truck by Chef Broosy days in 2012 before he retreated to BF after a failed stint at Robot. We have fallen in love with his food ever since.

• SENSEI SUSHI by Chef Bruce “Broosy” Ricketts (2012)
• MECHA UMA: “Absurdly Delicious” Food by Chef Bruce Ricketts! (2014)
• OOMA-licious! Bold Japanese Comfort Food by Chef Bruce Ricketts @Ooma_PH @SMMegaMall (First Look) (2015)
• LA CHINESCA BF: A Taste of Chef Bruce Ricketts’ First Love–Mexican Food! (Review) (2017)
LA CHINESCA GRID: The Grid: A First Look at Rockwell’s Food Market! (2018)

It was awesome to have a taste of how a passionate culinary master would do a branded collaboration for the first time with Nespresso’s Master Origin coffee series. Aside from the memorable orgasmic creations, I learned a lot on how branded collaborations should be executed as a master would.

This is another story for the blogging history books, a living tribute to a culinary lodi in Manila.

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